It’s been announced by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak that the northern leg of the HS2 train line is set to be scrapped and that Leeds is set to have a tram network built.
All week rumours have been circulating that HS2 project will be terminated for the north and today Sunak confirmed it in his keynote speech, the BBC reports.
He announced a ‘Network North’ scheme that is said to include a tram network around Leeds. This isn’t the first time that this has been mentioned, back in February 2022 we reported on an imaginary Leeds underground map that a Reddit user had created with possible stops.
The last time Leeds had a tram system was back in 1959, which was scrapped due to it being deemed unaffordable by the city council after the Second World War.
Leeds is known for being the largest city in Western Europe without a built-in transport system, but this isn’t the first time a proposal like this has been announced.
It was proposed they would have one to serve the inner city, which was then scrapped back in 2005 after budget issues.
Rishi is now promising that Network North’s smaller transport projects will be a better option than HS2, which he described as ‘one delayed and over-budget project’.
Other things promised included building the Midlands rail hub, connecting 50 stations; upgrading the A1, the A2, the A5 and the M6; funding the Shipley bypass, the Blyth relief road and 70 other road schemes
Also, electrifying train lines in north Wales, resurfacing roads across the country, extending the £2 bus fare until the end of December 2024, which was due to rise to £2.50.
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